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The ‘snake’ man: ophidianthropy in a case of schizophrenia, along with literature review.

Authors
  • Mondal, Gargi
  • Nizamie, Shamsul H
  • Mukherjee, Nirmalya
  • Tikka, Sai K
  • Jaiswal, Bikramaditya
Type
Published Article
Journal
Asian journal of psychiatry
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2014
Volume
12
Pages
148–149
Identifiers
PMID: 25453533
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Clinical lycanthropy is a rare form of reverse intermetamorphosis; intermatamorphosis being one of the delusional misidentification syndromes, in which patients believe that they are undergoing transformation or have transformed into a non-human animal. Psychiatric diseases commonly associated with it are schizophrenia, affective disorders, substance use, personality disorders and general medical conditions. Here we report the unique case of an ophidianthropy along with other psychopathologies in a patient of schizophrenia. The different neurochemicals associated with lycanthropy are also discussed.

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